26.2: CRUSH

(5 customer reviews)

BEST FOR: Experienced marathoners looking for a PR
PREREQS: A relatively healthy, injury-free body is essential; experience running at least one previous half marathon or marathon preferred; an established base of consistent running for at least the past 6 months; be able to complete a 10-mile run; preferred familiarity with more demanding workouts, such as tempo runs or negative-split runs, although we’ll help you through those.

Crush the Distance, a marathon training program, isn’t for the faint at heart; some days, you will definitely need to dig deep and shovel in some badass #motherrunner grit to get it done. When you do, you will be rewarded on race day with legs that are super-strong and able to tackle the distance with a vigor that surprises you.


  • *Race Date

    Step One: Select your race date:

    If you don’t know your race date yet, please select a date that you estimate will be close to your race date. When you solidify it, let us know and we can change it.

    Training Date

    Step Two: Your training will begin on:

    Mark this date in your calendar as your official start date! (If your program has already started, no worries; email us and we’ll help you jump in.)

The Details

In this marathon training program, you’ll do nine runs that are 15 or more miles long, including three 20-milers. If that sounds intense, well, it is.

But if you are an injury-free recent marathoner and fired up to focus on 26.2, you are ready. Over 18 weeks, you’ll have plenty of time to build, adapt, and be prepped to crush your next marathon with heart-pumping pride.


LONGEST LONG RUN DISTANCES: Three 20 milers, one 18 miler, and two 16’ers (Too much? Consider 26.2: Go the Distance.)

CROSS TRAINING + STRENGTH TRAINING INCLUDED? One weekly workout is your choice: cross training or a rest day. There are strength circuits three times weekly, as well as a prehab routine Coach Amanda designed. Most of the circuits require just your body weight; a few require exercise bands.

NUMBER OF RUNS WEEKLY: Typically five, with a few at four

FIRST AND PEAK WEEKS: (workouts explained fully in the program)

marathon training program

All your workouts are accessible via a Training Peaks Account. This free training tool will help you chart the nearly daily growth of your endurance base. It also sends you a daily email with your workouts for today and tomorrow so you can plan accordingly.

Coaches Jess + Amy are there to help you over speed bumps and answer your questions—and we promise, they’ll never blow a whistle in your face. Not only have they designed every facet of your program from your first step through your finish line, they’ve also written a weekly newsletter filled with advice and tips that corresponds to your training program.

What’s more, Coaches Jess + Amy also posts a weekly Ask the Coach column on the private Facebook page, where you can comment with anything that’s on your mind. (If you’re not a Facebooker, you can email us with your question.) Finally, we host regular calls to talk through pacing, injuries, and plenty of other helpful + entertaining topics.

In addition to Train Like a Mother Club, you’ll also be invited to join a private Marathon Program club on Strava, where you can track your miles, and a private Marathon Program Facebook page, where you’ll quickly find an army of (funny, empathetic, inspiring) #motherrunner teammates.* You’ll share training tips, stories of good runs and bad, cheer each other on, and push each other out the door. Momentum comes from teamwork, and these programs roll on some serious #motherrunner momentum.

*Please note that your membership in both our Strava and Facebook groups and access to the training program coaches are limited to the duration of your training plan, plus a few weeks for you to bask in the glow of your race and work with the coaches to help plan your next athletic goal and corresponding training plan. Your access to the Facebook group begins when your training plan does. You are welcome to request entry up to one month before your starting date.

As part of your registration, you will receive a package stocked with training essentials, including a
tube of  Nuun Sport; two GU Energy items (an Energy Gel and GU Chews); a pair of blister-banishing Wrightsock running socks; a 2-oz. bottle of Sweat X Odor Eliminator spray; a Kate’s Real Food bar; and an AMR sticker for your water bottle or laptop. $32 worth of swag!

(Domestic shipping is FREE for all merchandise and training swag packages. International shipping is not currently available but we invite you to participate in any of our online programs! Just email us at tlamclub@anothermotherrunner.com and we will help you bypass the shipping at checkout.)


In order to crush the distance—and do the training for it—runners should have at least one marathon in the past three years under their belts. In addition, it is essential to enter this plan with a solid base—long runs begin at 10 miles—and an injury free body. If that isn’t you, consider 26.2: GO THE DISTANCE.

No. The fee is for the 18-week comprehensive training plan, unlimited support, miles of resources, exclusive podcasts, and swag package, which will help you nail your marathon, both physically and mentally. At the end of the program, you will participate in the organized marathon of your choice; you can also choose to run a marathon on your own, if that works better for you.

Yep—and we’ve heard again and again it’s worth it. Staying committed and motivated during the days, weeks, and, yes, months of training can be ridiculously hard. If you can do that—and these programs are all about accountability and inspiration—race day becomes a celebratory victory lap, not a slog full of self-doubt.

Two of the strength routines include resistance bands, so if you’d like to purchase those, that would be a good investment. (Hello, hip stability!)

Within a few weeks of registration, every participant in a Train Like a Mother program receives a stocked swag package with some of our favorite training essentials. Domestic shipping is now FREE for all merchandise and training swag packages.

We are no longer able to ship internationally, including to Canada. That said, we invite all international runners to participate in any of our online programs! Just email us at tlamclub@anothermotherrunner.com and we will help you bypass the shipping at checkout.

We definitely want this to work into your life and your running lifestyle. You can email us within 2 weeks of starting the program and we will set you up with another plan or a partial credit for an upcoming challenge. We will not be able to issue a straight-up refund.

With a smart training plan, doable strength training, and advice on foam rolling and other self-care, we’re going to do our best to keep you injury-free. That said, if you have an injury or illness that totally slays your training, let us know. We’ll work with you to get you a partial credit for an upcoming program.


Reviews (5)

5 reviews for 26.2: CRUSH

  1. Becky (verified owner)

    For my third marathon I decided to step it up a notch (from the “Go the Distance” plan) and try the “Crush it” plan. The plan alone left me feeling stronger and more confident going into the distance on race day. After 6 weeks of training I noticed a remarkable distance in my strength and endurance. It takes dedication. Since I am a teacher most of my training was done over the summer which made it do able in keeping up with the increased commitment in this plan. There were many days were I did not want to lace up my shoes and tackle another mid-week 8 miler but throwing on the AMR podcast would have me inspired again. Access to the Facebook page makes you feel like you aren’t alone in your worries, frustrations and even celebrations. You really will CRUSH IT if you dedicate yourself to this plan.

  2. Diane (verified owner)

    Loved this plan. Used it for my first marathon as a challenge after stepping it up from the half marathon. Prepared me well for Big Sur and Chicago. It’s comprehensive and has all the elements you need.

  3. Kelli (verified owner)

    I have been a huge fan of AMR for years and when I am tackling a new goal I always reach for your training plans. In attempting to PR in the marathon I turned to the Crush the Distance Plan. Like all your plans, I was provided training support from your Coach, emotional support from the AMR community (via the private Facebook group) and tech support from the AMR team. The program is so clearly laid out with prescribed runs, cross training days, rest days and most importantly for me strength training! The plans are challenging yet manageable for busy mother runners. With your plan and my hard work I was able to cut 44 minutes off my marathon time.

  4. Ann (verified owner)

    I’ve run a couple marathons before and appreciated the aggressiveness of this plan – it definitely makes you strong and ready. More than that, the variety of workouts and strength training and prehab workouts are great to get in a regular habit of doing. And Coach Amanda is always quick with answers to any questions!

  5. Allison Pollock (verified owner)

    This is my first time using an AMR plan, for my third marathon. It has all the elements for a well rounded training plan, and got me into the habit of adding strength training and prehab exercises to my schedule of running and cross training. This training plan got me where I wanted and needed to be , in spite of a nagging injury along the way. Coach Amanda gave me the support and coaching advice I needed, and was quick to answer my multitude of questions.
    And I shaved 13 minutes off my marathon PR!

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